Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
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Tremors 3: Back to Perfection is a 2001 comedic monster film, the third in the Tremors series featuring the subterranean worm-creatures dubbed "Graboids". It was directed by Brent Maddock and stars Michael Gross. It was followed by Tremors: The Series and Tremors 4: The Legend Begins. A new sequel, Tremors: The Thunder From Down Under has recently been greenlighted.After the visit to a Mexican oilfield in Tremors 2: Aftershocks, this film returns the action to the small Nevada town of Perfection, which was the setting for the first Tremors film. Local resident and adventurer Burt Gummer comes home from a successful, international Graboid/Shrieker hunt, only to disgustedly learn that eleven years after the first Graboid attack, life has pretty much slipped back to complacency. The new owner of Walter Chang's general store is Walter's niece Jodi, and a thrill-seeker named Jack Sawyer has set up a tourist-trap "Graboid Tour" which features a faked attack by the creatures. An obnoxious would-be land-developer, Melvin Plug, (who was an obnoxious teenager in the first movie) is attempting to contract housing estates around the town.There is a small earthquake and, as Jack Sawyer attempts to fool his latest group of tourists, his assistant Buford is eaten; the Graboids have returned.Burt quickly organizes a search and destroy party composed of local residents but a team of meddling scientists arrives, sent by the US government when Nancy Sterngood contacted the authorities. Burt is forced to disband the hunting party, but he still tries to lure one of the monsters, an albino dubbed "El Blanco", onto his property so he can kill it in "self-defense". Faced with the prospect of his property being confiscated using eminent domain, Burt reluctantly agrees to help the government scientists capture a live graboid. The first hunting expedition does not go well however and Burt is swallowed alive by a graboid, only to be miraculously rescued by Jack.Meanwhile, the government scientists have gone hunting the graboids on their own and are killed when they are ambushed by shriekers; the graboids have metamorphosed into the next stage in their life cycle. Burt organizes another search and destroy party, this time to hunt down the shriekers before they can multiply. They trail the shriekers to a box canyon but are trapped by El Blanco, who seems to a mutant without the ability to metamorphose. When they finally free themselves, the shriekers are gone and have been replaced by hitherto unknown winged beasts who become airborne by blasting jets of flames from their rear-ends. Jodi dubs them "Ass-Blasters". They quickly learn that ass-blasters use infra-red vision too just as the shriekers do.The hunting party retreat to Burt's home but, while Burt has taken every conceivable precaution against graboids and shriekers, he didn't allow for the possibility of an aerial attack. An ass-blaster crashes through the ceiling and the hunting party is forced to use Burt's emergency escape tunnel. Meanwhile, attacked in Jodi's store by a lone Ass-Blaster, mother and daughter Nancy and Mindy Sterngood accidentally discover that once it is satiated with food, instead of engaging in asexual reproduction like a Shrieker it enters a comatose state, allowing them to capture it.Burt leads the party to a nearby junkyard where, using an improvised weapon which is part potato gun and part flaming arrow, they manage to kill all but one of the remaining ass-blasters. Finally Jack tricks El Blanco into eating the last one.In the epilogue, Nancy and Mindy sell the captive ass-blaster to a wild-animal act in Las Vegas. El Blanco has been declared by the federal government to be an endangered species, foiling Melvin's plans for a housing project. The long-time residents have taken appropriate precautions allowing them to coexist with El Blanco and keep their homes.
Year of Production: 2001
Length: 104 min.
Country: United States
- Brent Maddock
- S.S. Wilson, Nancy Roberts
- Michael Gross, Shawn Christian, Susan Chuang, Charlotte Stewart, Ariana Richards, Tony Genaro, Barry Livingston, John Pappas, Robert Jayne, Billy Rieck